McDonald's shuts down in Bolivia
All of the McDonald's restaurants in Bolivia are now closed.
CORRECTION: The original version of this story misstated when McDonald's closed its restaurants in Bolivia. The chain closed its stores in 2002. A new documentary retells the story of the closing. The text has been corrected.
Adriene Hill: We've got a some juicy bits of fast food news this morning. First in Japan, where Wendy's has returned to the country after a two year absence. They're planning to offer a premium menu, including a burger topped with foie gras that'll set you back $16.
Not appealing? Or maybe you're not a fast food person? If that's the case, you may want to consider Bolivia, where McDonald's shut all of its locations back in 2002. A new documentary chronicles the closings.
For more we go to Monica Machicao. She's a journalist with Reuters living in Bolivia. Good morning Monica.
Monica Machicao: Good morning, how are you?
Hill: I'm well. Tell me, why did these McDonald's in Bolivia close?
Machicao: There are a number of hypotheses. One of those -- people prefer local food rather than McDonald's. It's the fact that it's more cheap; and in fact, it's really more tasty.
Hill: So the local food is actually cheaper than McDonald's fast food?
Machicao: Absolutely. Local food can even cost a third of McDonald's.
Hill: And why do you think Bolivia is so different from the rest of the world, where McDonald's seem to pop up everywhere?
Machicao: We have the Andes, we have the Amazon. And we can really mix things from the Amazon and the Andes in one dish -- which makes it very different, very tasty, and it's part of our tradition for certain.
Hill: Before I let you go, let me ask you one more question -- and that is: when is the last time you went to McDonald's?
Machicao: The last time that I went to McDonald's was in the United States.
Hill: Monica Machicao from Reuters, thank you so much.
Machicao: You're welcome, bye bye.